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Do you have a stopped up sink? You can head to the store and get something like Drano to help, but if you want something to unclog a drain without harsh chemicals, here’s another option.

You probably have these items in the house already. Grab some baking soda and white vinegar and follow these steps.

1. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain

2. Slowly pour ½ cup of white vinegar and wait for it foam

3. Cover the drain with a stopped and let it sit for 5 minutes

4. Pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain

Go ahead and try this easy and affordable option and let me know what you think!

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    • CGY

      I’ve used this method before and it works great! I definitely much prefer a non-chemical way to unclog a drain than harsh chemicals that smell horrible and likely eat away at the pipes.

      • Julep

        Baking soda and white vinegar are chemicals. Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) and 20-30% Acetic Acid (White Vinegar). Not to mention that Sodium Bicarbonate breaks down when exposed to water, and both of these components are corrosive on metal.

    • mommalana

      We have used this method for over 20 years and it works great! Sometimes just a tea kettle fo boiling water down the drain will clear upa slow one too.

    • Meme007

      Noticed the picture illustration. This method clears the pipes only if the water has drained out. Using this method on an occasional basis will keep the pipes clean to avoid clogs. Please correct me if this works while sink is full of water.

    • Becky

      Is this safe for a plastic/vinyl shower? I’m wanting to make sure it won’t eat away at the tub itself.

      • rille

        I use baking soda and vinegar on my bathtub/shower drain. I unscrew the plug from the drain and put the baking soda and vinegar in and let it sit for a while .. Immediately after I pour the boiling water down I use a plunger on the drain, then run water from the faucet and continue plunging the drain . Gets rid of the hair and gooey hairwash/bathwash that accumulates there. And it has not harmed the bathtub.

    • LMH

      I use this method any time I need Draino. As one of the previous people said, it only works when the water is already drained. It acts like a volcano science experiment so once it starts fizzing, you need to cover it so the pressure goes down the drain, not up into the sink/tub/shower. I usually put the baking soda into the drain the best I can and then have to add vinegar/cover several times, but it works great and leaves the drain sparkly clean!

    • Ren

      Have you tried a Zip-It? It’s only $2.48 at Home Depot and works better than anything I’ve used before. It grabs the hair clog and pulls it right out.

    • Sally

      I have done this a lot and it really works. If not though, my plumber told me that a plunger will fix a lot of clogs too, including in sinks and showers. He quickly plunged our shower that we had tried to snake and clean out with this method. No problems since!